Johnson Ranch Restoration Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
City of San Luis Obispo
Document Title
Johnson Ranch Restoration Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The proposed project consists of the implementation of three restoration projects at Johnson Ranch Open Space (JROS). Together, these three restoration activities are expected to increase water retention and water quality. improve riparian and grassland habitat, enhance resilience to future floods and fires, and sequester additional carbon. The first project would utilize process-based restoration techniques including beaver-dam analogs to rehydrate and stabilize in-stream habitat damaged by recent storms. 30 small in-stream installations of natural materials, known as beaver-dam analog structures, will provide erosion control and bank stabilization benefits to Dry Creek. The structures would be installed using a hand crews and using materials harvested on site. The second task is planting 300 native trees and shrubs to stabilize the new in-stream structures and shade the corridor. The third task is restoring approximately one acre of native grasslands in the floodplains adjacent to the riparian corridor through traditional indigenous practices led by the yak yak tit:Yu tit:Yu yak tilhini Northern Chumash Tribe. including hand tending. harvesting. and seed sowing. The three restoration practices will impact a total 225 linear feet of in-stream habitat, and the total project area is 2.29 acres.

Contact Information

Lucia Pohlman
Agency Name
City of San Luis Obispo
Job Title
Sustainability and Natural Resources Analyst
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant / Parties Undertaking Project / Responsible Agency


San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo
Cross Streets
5190 Ontario Road, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Title 14 Section 15333, Small Habitat Restoration Projects
Reasons for Exemption
The project consists of a small habitat restoration project not exceeding a total of 5 acres in size or 500 linear feet of in-stream habitat. The project will not have a significant adverse impact to special status species.
County Clerk
San Luis Obispo


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